17 Oct '12, 1pm
Drumbeat: October 17, 2012
FORTUNE -- One curious thing about this year's presidential race is the prominent position energy policy has taken. This issue, which in past elections largely got relegated to the "too wonky to bother with" category, is now front and center because energy has become inexorably linked with job creation. Says Andy Karsner, a former assistant secretary of energy under George W. Bush and now executive chairman of Manifest Energy: "Both candidates see the current oil and gas boom as an opportunity to create employment." The similarities end there. The shape of our energy industry will differ dramatically under Romney compared with a second Obama term. Jim Talent, a former U.S. senator (R-Mo.), sketches out Romney's basic philosophy in a white paper on the candidate's official website: "The problem is not that America does not have energy. The problem is that our government -- ...